ACADEMIC AND FINANCIAL AID ADVISOR/VA CERTIFYING OFFICIAL (S557)
POSTING DATE: June 11, 2013
LOCATION:

Wayland Baptist University - Albuquerque

LOCATION: Main Campus
SUPERVISED BY:

Executive Director/Campus Dean

RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Academic and Financial Aid Advisor/VA Certifying Official meets with prospective and current students, advises, prepares undergraduate and graduate degree plans, monitors degree plan progress, assists with registration and graduation issues and provides assistance to students regarding financial aid, to include obtaining and explaining such information from all relevant sources. The goal is to promote positive relationships between the students and Wayland Baptist University.

SPECIFIC TASKS
AND DUTIES:

1.  Advise students by scheduling times to meet with students and provide accurate and timely information regarding registration and financial aid issues.   

2.  Advise students in graduate degree programs offered by the University.                          

3.  Prepare undergraduate and graduate degree plans in a timely manner and provide accurate information.

4.  Assist in registering students by placing students in courses that match degree plan requirements.

5.  Communicate financial responsibilities to students in a manner that promotes student understanding and acceptance of financial responsibility related to financial aid.

6.  Inform students of all required forms for financial aid application.

7.  Inform students of financial aid processes.

8.  Inform student of need for full admission to WBU before financial aid can process.

9.  Input student account data maintaining accurate financial aid and registration records.

10.  Provide information needed for students to register through Student Services.

11.  Identify students who are eligible to graduate and provide graduation requirements to students who are not ready to graduate.

12.  Monitor student degree plans, correct mistakes on the degree plans and advise students in completing the sequence of courses required for the degree.

13.  Provide information regarding scholarships available to students.

14.  Council with students who have a problem or grievance and advise students in proper course of action.

15.  Follow WBU policy and procedure in the catalog and in External Guidelines for Advisors.

16.  Utilize advisor training videos; consult with senior advisor(s) for additional information and training

17.  Provide backup for staff regarding accepting and processing payments, determining student account balances, processing campus deposits, filing, and reception duties.

18.  Assist the Executive Director/Campus Dean in ways enabling the Albuquerque Campus to fulfill successfully its mission.

 

The above statements are not a complete list of all responsibilities and duties performed by employees in this job.  Employee may perform other related duties as assigned by the Executive Director/Campus Dean.
QUALIFICATIONS: A commitment of Christian Higher education and in agreement with the purposes and philosophy of Christian higher education as promoted by the Baptist General Convention of Texas in general and Wayland Baptist University in particular.
Education, Certification and Licence:

1.  Bachelor’s Degree is required

2.  Master’s Degree in Business, Counseling or Education or a related field is preferred.

Experience & Knowledge:

1. Understanding of the academic and financial aid requirements of a four-year university.

2.  Knowledge of and experience with technology, especially technology associated with institutions of higher education.

3.  Excellent knowledge of resources needed to complete university degrees.

4.  Knowledge of majors and degrees offered preferred.

Skills & Abilities:

1.  Exceptional verbal and written communication skills

2.  Exceptional MS Word, Excel and Outlook skills are also required.

3.  Excellent skills in academic advising, including assisting students in problem solving to complete degree requirements.

4.  Service orientation which actively looks for ways to help people.

5.  Social perceptiveness which is aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

6.  Active listener willing to give full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

7.  Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

8.  Maintain privacy and confidentiality related to student accounts and personal issues.

9.  Apply biblical principles in a variety of advising situations.

Additional Requirements:

1. Endorsement by the Executive Vice President/Provost.

2. Must be able to pass Background Checks.

3. Must have no delinquent or defaulted Student Loans on Credit Report.

THE UNIVERSITY: Wayland Baptist University is a four-year liberal arts university. The institution is affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas. The Wayland Baptist University System is comprised of the Plainview campus, which is predominately a residential campus, twelve external campuses, and the Virtual Campus offering courses in a broad range of academic areas.
APPLICATION PROCEDURE:

Applications may be submitted online or you may download it from the top of this web page by clicking on Application for Employment.

Interested individuals MUST submit the following information:

1. Letter of Interest

2. Completed University Application of Employment with Faith Statement (Link to Application Below)

https://www2.wbu.edu/jobapp/empapp.aspx

3. Current Resume

4. List of Current References

Please send this information to:

Dr. Steven Smith, Executive Director/Campus Dean

Wayland Baptist University - Albuquerque
2201 San Pedro Drive NM, Building 3, Suite 100
Phone: (505) 323-9282

Email: smiths@wbu.edu

APPLICATION DEADLINE:

Position Will Remain Until Filled.

Wayland Baptist University does not illegally discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, or genetic information. Under federal law, the university may discriminate on the basis of religion in order to fulfill its mission and purposes.